Tuesday, February 05, 2013

British Catholics going down the Muslim road

Being quick to take offence over mere symbols.  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, apparently.  Maybe they are on to something

Coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger has withdrawn its 'Virgin Mary' brand of crisps after a flurry of religious complaints.

The coffee-shop made the costly decision to pull the brand after campaigners on the Protect the Pope website pointed out the offensive crisps branding to its members.

Responding to the complaints, the religious website says Pret a Manger has 'apologised for any unintentional offence they have caused and have indicted that they will give any unsold crisps to the homeless'.

Keith Beech, a spokesman for Pret, confirmed to the mailonline that CEO Clive Schlee spoke with an organiser of the the Catholic charity group, apologised for any offence, and agreed to withdraw the brand of spicy tomato crisps.

Although he could not put a figure on the number of complaints received, Mr Beech said the launch and subsequent withdrawal of the brand happened all within a week..’

The catholic website was set up in the run up to Pope Benedict’s state visit to the UK in September 2010 'as a direct response to the unprecedented level of hostility, ridicule and ill-will from certain public figures, sections of the press and blogs against the Holy Father and the Catholic Church,' it says on the site.

The comment goes on to question what this incident says about how they defend their faith in the future.  'We’ve been passive for too long in the face of mockery of our faith and discrimination against us as Catholics. We can change things!'



Anonymous said...

So much for "Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake."

Of course, if there is enough of this sort of behavior from Christians, perhaps people will start to see how silly it is to live in a society that fears offending ANYONE.

Bird of Paradise said...

I find using terms like BEFORE COMMON ERA and COMMON ERA as offesive and rediculous

Anonymous said...

Yes, just be like the Muslims, and see what that will do for the Catholic/Christian public image. Or are religious folks basically just "birds of a feather" with the same mindset and character?

Anonymous said...

You need to take the tactics of the left to get anywhere these days.

Anonymous said...

anon 3:48

But you libs love to defend the actions of muslims when they go on a rampage don't ya?

I didn't read anywhere in this story that the christians burned down the store, or rioted or killed anyone over this "offense," which the muslims do quite regularly!

Again Muslim are held to a different standard by the left. if the christians write a letter stating their outrage over an offense, that is waaaay worse to a lefty than the muslims burning down the store!

Anonymous said...


How was 3:48 in any way defending the actions of muslims? Or are you a strawman-builder? And/or are you asking the equivalent of "when did you stop beating your wife?" with "But you libs love to ... don't ya?" -?